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DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

Posted on: September 8, 2010 1:07 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 4:22 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Of all the frustrating offseason storylines , there's one that's perhaps most annoying: the impending NFL lockout in 2011. DeMaurice Smith, the union leader for the NFLPA, confirmed his belief on Wednesday that he think a lockout is coming.

“I still feel that a lockout is coming in March,” Smith told Bloomberg Sports .

Smith's biggest point of contention is the NFL refusing to actually provide financial information relating to their claim that they're not pulling in enough cash. (Enough here, of course, is relative.)

“If this model is not working, i.e. teams are losing money, then we’re willing to see the evidence of that and make the changes,” Smith said. “But prove it. If not, what’s the justification for getting a billion back from us?”

Smith, along with most players, doesn't care for the also-impending possibility of an 18-game season.

“We don’t look at two extra games as being divorced from the health, medical and safety standpoint,” Smith said. “It’s impossible to divorce one part of this from the whole.”

That may be true -- however, it seems pretty likely that the league will get its 18-games one way or another. Also likely, as expressed by Smith's quotes, is the NFL locking its players out.

Owners and players are just too far apart right now, and because the 2010 season is beginning and because 2011 seems so far away (regardless of whether it's true or not), the urgency to really sit down, negotiate and hammer out a deal just isn't out there for either side.

Which is why there's a pretty good chance that the most important people, the fans, will end up suffering the most.

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Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2010 5:29 pm
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Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2010 4:53 pm

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

(Oh, the new format offers "Reply to this comment" but shoves it at the back of the queue anyway. Well, never mind -- there are any number of crybabies here that I might have been addressing with that. Man up, guys, and quit acting like a bunch of jealous little babies -- If you could hold out for better treatment and pay at work, don't pretend your great "character" would keep you from doing it.)

Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2010 4:50 pm

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

Um ... well, I'm sorry you were a failure at sports and that you keep getting hot oil spatters at work.

But IF you had marketable skills, you'd probably feel differently about all this. And you might not be so darned angry.

Since: Mar 8, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2010 4:36 pm

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

One more reason to hate unions...

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2010 4:27 pm

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

Wow, the millionaires fight with the billionaires and the fans get to suffer.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 4:26 pm

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

this talk of a lockout is the masterplan of Brett Favre.  a lockout will provide him even more time to make his annual retirement and unretirement decision next year and/or the following.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 4:21 pm

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

This is why the smart teams are not giving out a bunch of huge contracts with tons of upfront guaranteed money.

Why set the normal players up to be comfortable thru next year when there is no football.  It is one thing to take care of the franchise players but not guys that are replaceable.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 4:19 pm

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

OK I see there sure are alot of uninformed people posting. Yes, SOME teams post a profit, alot do not.  The NFL can not make the richer teams share more of the revenue with the teams losing money, that is not fair to those owners. The only recourse is for the teams to regulate what the payrolls are. That is what the NFL is trying to do that the NFLPA is up in arms about.  See if there is a 130 million dollar salary cap in place, then the TV contracts cover most of the Payroll, but the problem is there is also a minimum payroll each team has to have along with that maximum. Lets say the NFL gets what it wants and cuts back on payroll to oh lets say 50 % of revenue instead of 60%, which is basically what they are asking for, that would drop the salary cap to 117 million a team and lower the minimum to like 97 million. The numbers are all hypothetical but the teams in trouble would be able to pay the players from TV revenue alone if they chose to go the lower end. The whole NFLPA contract needs to be totally reworked, there has to be a stop to rookie salaries and that tops the list. The owners are the ones that invested the money to have the teams, the players are just employees.  The NFL can schedule up to 22 games a season if it so desires, that needs to be taken out of the players contract and needs to say an 18 game regular season and 2 preseason games, while adding 10 players to the active roster.

Basically its going tot ake alot of give and take on both sides to get it done. The players keep asking for the NFL books, geez if Forbes gets the reports then why is it the NFLPA can not use that info. What it comes down to is the players want to see everything every owner is doing and try to get compensated for the highest profit margin team from every team. Every team is different, so the player contract has to be worded to where the individual teams have more leverage.

Check this out in Forbes, you might find it interesting that Forbes has this info and the players CLAIM they can not get it, ( the players are full of it): 

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 4:16 pm
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Since: Sep 3, 2010
Posted on: September 8, 2010 4:16 pm

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

I couldn't agree with you more. Over the past couple years in KC we've spent far more for practically everything then we did 3,4,5 yrs ago; why, and where is the money going to, rookies who haven't played a single snap in the NFL? In addition to ticket prices, team sporting good stores, and concessions, parking prices have nearly doubled. How does the NFLPA think that an increase in prices is going to do the teams any good when none of the fans are attending anymore? It's truly a shame that we can not enjoy the game as it has always been for many years, greed and money are destroying professional sports.

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